Coral

Definition of Coral

Cor´al
n.1.(Zool.) The hard parts or skeleton of various Anthozoa, and of a few Hydrozoa. Similar structures are also formed by some Bryozoa.
2.The ovaries of a cooked lobster; - so called from their color.
3.A piece of coral, usually fitted with small bells and other appurtenances, used by children as a plaything.
Brain coral
See under Brain.
Chain coral
See under Chain.
Coral animal
(Zool.) one of the polyps by which corals are formed. They are often very erroneously called coral insects.
Coral fish
See in the Vocabulary.
Coral reefs
(Phys. Geog.) reefs, often of great extent, made up chiefly of fragments of corals, coral sands, and the solid limestone resulting from their consolidation. They are classed as fringing reefs, when they border the land; barrier reefs, when separated from the shore by a broad belt of water; atolls, when they constitute separate islands, usually inclosing a lagoon. See Atoll.
Coral root
(Bot.) a genus (Corallorhiza) of orchideous plants, of a yellowish or brownish red color, parasitic on roots of other plants, and having curious jointed or knotted roots not unlike some kinds of coral. See Illust. under Coralloid.
Coral snake
a - (Zo) A small, venomous, Brazilian snake (Elaps corallinus), coral-red, with black bands.
b - A small, harmless, South American snake (Tortrix scytale).
Coral tree
(Bot.) a tropical, leguminous plant, of several species, with showy, scarlet blossoms and coral-red seeds. The best known is Erythrina Corallodendron.
Coral wood
a hard, red cabinet wood.
- McElrath.

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